LinkedIn profile sections

Students are a particular category of people who use LinkedIn. They have no or little work experience to show on their profiles. However, if you’re a student then LinkedIn allows you to display a wide variety of accomplishments using 10 additional sections within your LinkedIn profile. These sections can be updated in real time, as more activities are completed. This differentiates your LinkedIn profile from the more static nature of your Resume or CV. The idea is that your updates to these sections will be informative to your colleagues and recruiters.

These 10 additional sections are:

Certifications          Patents
Courses                 Projects
Honours and Awards      Publications
Languages               Test Scores
Organisations           Volunteer Experience & Causes

It’s easy to add new sections to your profile. You go to your LinkedIn profile page in edit mode and click the blue “Add sections” bar under your profile summary. Glance through the available 10 sections and select one to add to your profile. Don’t forget, when editing a section, to include the details and examples of your contributions, and how the experience added to your skills and abilities. The new section appears on your profile. You can adjust your profile settings to manage who can see these sections. You can reshuffle your profile sections to highlight your strongest achievements. By clicking on the section header, you can drag and drop it to the best place on the page.

Projects allows you to describe projects that you worked on as an employee, student, or volunteer. For each project, you can enter the project name, your occupation, team member names, a project URL, project timeframe, and description. If you’re a student then participating in projects shows that you can apply classroom education to real-world challenges and successfully work in a team. You can add convincing research or group projects to your profile – particularly those that show know-how relevant to your professional objectives.

Honours and Awards is rather different to the other sections of your profile. In the other sections you give a subjective characterization of your abilities. The “Honours and Awards” section, however, is an objective confirmation of your achievements. Your scholarships and college year prizes belong in this section.

Organisations is the section where you can describe your involvement in societies outside of your studies. These organisations can involve anything from debating and outdoor pursuits to religion and trekking. Leadership abilities, and making a positive impact within an organization, are talents widely sought by employers and recruiters.

Test Scores that are good are seen by employers as demonstrating fine problem solving skills. So, if you have excellent test score results then this section should be included in your profile.

Courses is the section that give you the opportunity of summarizing your school, college or university course information relevant to jobs that you’re looking for. Also, you can include external courses that show your dedication to expanding your educational horizons.

Don’t forget that these sections aren’t just for students. Non-profit or volunteer work is important to some prospective employers.

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